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PRESS RELEASE: Antelope Audio Unveils Zodiac Platinum

Discussion in 'Head-Fi Network & Industry News' started by joe, May 30, 2013.
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  1. joe Administrator
    Antelope Audio Unveils Zodiac Platinum – a 768 kHz DSD DAC That Raises the Gold Standard in D/A Conversion
     
    The New Zodiac Platinum, to be Unveiled at T.H.E. Show, Features an Antelope Atomic Clock Input and Supports 256X DSD mode
     
    Santa Monica, CA, May 30, 2013 – Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio will introduce the newest member of its stellar Integrity line of D/A converters – Zodiac Platinum at the T.H.E Show Newport, Hilton hotel, room 402, between May 31 and June 2, 2013. The new Antelope DAC brings audio appreciation to a higher level, offering the audiophile community the widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode and a sample rate of 768 kHz via a custom-built USB chip. 
     
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    The extreme DSD256 greatly extends the accuracy and transparency of the audio reproduction as well as  the overall system performance. The custom-designed Antelope USB chip compliments high fidelity by reducing clock jitter and pushing the envelope of the USB streaming with sample rates four times higher than those offered by similar devices.
     
    Whereas many top of the line DACs offer PCM upsamplers, the Platinum is the first device to offer a DSD upsampler. This distinctive feature allows the upsampling of DSD64 to DSD256, pushing DSD noise into higher frequencies, vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion. The Platinum bypasses internal digital filters built into the DAC chip by implementing a custom upsampler with carefully designed high-precision linear phase filters in the FPGA.
     
    Signature Antelope Clocking
    In the heart of the new Platinum lie the renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which are Antelope’s signature for unprecedented sound quality appreciated by the best recording, mastering and post production studios around the world. In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10 MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference and therefore an uncompromised digital to analog conversion.
     
    “The new Zodiac Platinum is not just a response to our customers’ requests for an Antelope DAC with DSD support, but a next level in home audio entertainment,” shared Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. “The unique 256 X DSD mode, 768 kHz sample rate, quad DAC architecture, and the 64-bit upsampler, together with the atomic input propels Zodiac Platinum into a league of its own in terms of musicality, imaging and detail. This new device will take our customers' listening experience to an entirely new level.” Levin added.
     
    Zodiac Platinum has inherited the stepped relay volume control and the dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control from its very successful and highly appreciated predecessor Zodiac Gold. The Platinum also comes with an elegant remote control and has the option for external audiophile grade power supply Voltikus. In addition to the PC and Mac control panels available in the Zodiac Line, the Platinum also offers the comfort of the remote control from a mobile application, available for Android and iOS.
     
    The new DAC is planned to hit the market by the end of July 2013 with an expected retail price of $4,895. The bundle with Voltikus PSU will be $5,495.
     
    Zodiac Platinum features
    1. Antelope 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology 
    2. 10MHz input for Antelope’s Rubidium atomic clock
    3. Widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode
    4. Ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator
    5. Up to 768 kHz sample rate via custom USB chip
    6. Switchable 64-bit 8x linear phase upsampler
    7. Quad DAC architecture for superb dynamic range
    8. Stepped relay volume control accurate to 0.05 dB
    9. External audiophile-grade power supply option
    10. Dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control
    11. Analog inputs for true preamplifier functionality
    12. Re-clocked and de-jittered digital audio output
    13. Aluminum unibody IR remote
    14. Control application for PC, Mac and mobile devices
    15. Automatic internet-based device upgradability
     

    Analog Inputs
    1x Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4” TRS
    1x Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA
    Analog Outputs
    2x Headphone outputs on 1/4” TRS
    1x Trimmable balanced output on XLR 
    1x Unbalanced output on RCA
     
     
    Digital Inputs
    2x S/PDIF coaxial inputs
    2x optical TOSLINK inputs
    1x AES/EBU input
    USB on standard B type connector
    Atomic / Word Clock Input
    Digital Outputs
    1x De-jittered AES/EBU Output
    2x De-jittered S/PDIF Outputs

     
  2. Dubstep Girl
    omg thats awesome!!!! 
    768k?!?!?!?!?#!@#!@##!@#
     
    expensive though [​IMG]
     
  3. Foxjam
    Whoa...  Seems like you would need some sort of special clearance to own this.  I'd hate to see this technology fall into the wrong hands. 
     
  4. drbluenewmexico
    whoa that is an expensive 5500$ dac.  bet it sounds great though....lots of advanced engineering in it.
    i just ordered the 41.11$ muse hi fi mini nos dac....though.
     
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  5. DigitalFreak
    I'm seeing two headphone outs, anyone have any info on whether the amp section is any good?
     
  6. haarvi
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    Read about it here:
     
    http://ohm-image.net/
     
  7. DefQon
    I don't understand why manufacturers are wasting there time going for 'bigger the number' the better logic. Most digital format available today are 16bit with a small list of 24bit files/cds. 32bit digital format probably don't even exist let alone in this case 64. I just don't get it, seems like a waste to me.
     
  8. shigzeo Contributor
    I have reviewed the Antelope Audio Zodiac Silver. Antelope make some of the most amazing DACs I've ever used. The Silver has an okay headphone amp. I expect their +, Gold, and Platinum models to be better. Platinum seems to have fixed some of the issues I had with the Silver model. I'd expect it to be good.
     
  9. DefQon
    For $5k + it better be good.
     
  10. eliwankenobi
    Does anybody know what is that Quad DAC architecture and what it means? Sounds like its two DACs in parallel config for each L/R channel.
     
  11. magiccabbage
    MY GOD!
     
  12. mab1376
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    I don't think I've even seen any 32-bit files ever, but if you're paranoid this is future proofed to the max lol
     
  13. eke2k6
    768 kHz? 
     
    This has to be the most future proof DAC I've ever seen. I imagine that it will remain current for the millions of years that it will take for humans to evolve the kind of hearing to make use of this kind of bandwidth. Excellent engineering feat from Antelope, and an even better business plan!
     
  14. linglingjr
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    lol yes.
     
    It's all about that mute button though, seriously.
     
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  15. DefQon
    Wasn't there a discussion that upsampling converters virtually do nothing to improve sound as you cannot add bits onto something that wasn't there in the first place?
     
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